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  • When filming began in September 2016, Judi Dench was one month older than Queen Victoria was when she died.
  • Judi Dench previously played Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown (1997).
  • Costumes from the film were on display in the Indian Durbar Room at Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, until September 30, 2017. Osborne House played Queen Victoria's seaside residence.
  • Director Stephen Frears was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival (2017) just before a public screening of this film. Other cast members present at the screening included Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard.
  • Judi Dench and Michael Gambon both appeared in Cranford (2007).
  • Michael Gambon plays Prime Minister Lord Salisbury. In _The King's Speech (2011)_ Gambon played King George V, second son of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench).
  • In real life, Jane Spencer, the Baroness Churchill, died December 24, 1900, one month before Queen Victoria. She served as Lady of the Bedchamber from 1854 until her death, and was the longest-serving member of the queen's personal household.
  • Costumes from the production were on display at Osborne House, from July 24 until September 30, 2017.
  • Judi Dench played Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown (1997).
  • During the visit to Balmoral, Dr. Reid says "I hate Scotland". Paul Higgins was born in Scotland.
  • Michael Gambon also played Victoria's grandson, King George V in "The King's Speech".
  • The film's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2017.
  • Throughout the film, Bertie refers to his mother as Mama, Mother, and Mummy.
  • To an extent this film could be considered a sequel to Mrs Brown as both films star Judi Dench as Queen Victoria.


  • Victoria's advisors threaten to have her declared insane. She was only 1 when her grandfather, George III, died, but she knew that he had been declared insane in 1811, and his son, her uncle, had ruled as Prince Regent from 1811 to 1820. She knew that it was possible for her advisors to carry out their threat.
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